Three editorial employees of the Leadership newspaper have been invited by the Police over a story entitled, ‘Outrage trails presidential directive on Tinubu, APC’ published on the April 3, 2013 edition of the newspaper.
The three, who jointly wrote the story and invited by the police, include the Group News Editor of the newspaper, Mr. Tony Amokeodo.
Others are the Abuja and Lagos correspondents of the newspapers – Chibuzor Ukaibe and Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, respectively.
The three journalists were invited to interview the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Admin), ‘D’ Department, Force Criminal Investigation Department , Abuja via a letter dated April 7, 2013.
The letter titled, ‘Investigation activities: Police invitation’ and with reference number CR: 3000/x/FHQ/ABJ/Vol.149/34 addressed to the Chairman of the newspaper’s publishing firm, Leadership Group Limited, was signed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin) in Abuja, Danmallam Mohammed.
The letter read, “This office is investigating the circumstances leading to your front page publication titled: ‘Outrage trail presidential directive on Tinubu, APC’ and a sub-title captioned ‘bromide of the presidential directive.’
“The publication, which featured in your Wednesday, April 3, 2013 edition, was reported by Messrs Tony Amokeodo, Chibuzor Ukaibe and Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani.”
“Based on our facts finding efforts, you are hereby requested to release the above mentioned reporters to interview the Deputy Inspector General of Police, D’ Department, FCID on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1000hrs through the undersigned.”